Identifying new applications of engineering and related research to improve health care delivery

Engineering disciplines have helped to revolutionize health care treatment in many areas, but the contributions of engineering to the delivery of health care (the modalities by which treatment is brought to the patient or other participants in the health care system) has been highly circumscribed. The large opportunity to save and improve lives by improving the operations of the delivery system have been well documented in the Institute of Medicine's Quality Chasm report. The purpose of this project is to identify engineering applications with the potential for significantly improving health care delivery, assess factors that facilitate or inhibit the deployment of these applications, and identify engineering and related research areas that will contribute to rapid improvement of the health care delivery system. The project's main deliverable will be a consensus report that describes the committee's work, its conclusions, and its recommendations. The project will be considered successful if its report stimulates new private- and public-sector funding on the application of engineering methods to improve health care delivery. These new technology applications will then be ready for adoption as health care organizations try to improve the quality and efficiency of health care delivery.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $150,000.00

Awarded on: 4/29/2002

Time frame: 5/1/2002 - 12/31/2005

Grant Number: 44640


National Academy of Sciences

500 Fifth Street, N.W.
Washington, 20001-2736


Proctor P. Reid
Project Director